Wine Making Process
The winemaking process at Grape Expectations is the same as it is in a commercial winery with minor exceptions. A commercial operation may be making 200+ barrels of the same recipe, whereby in our facility we may be making 200 different recipes as each group determines what kind of wine they are going to make. Consequently, the accouterments needed for our production is smaller than what one would find in a commercial operation.
It requires approximately 756 pounds of grapes to make one 53 gallon barrel of wine. Our grapes are hand-picked and placed in 36 pound crates in the vineyard to provide easy handling by our client winemakers. Once the harvest has been completed, the grapes are shipped to us in refrigerated trucks and the four step process begins.